At a presentation in Tokyo, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios and Sega revealed that Yakuza 7 will replace its previous beat-em-up action system with turn-based combat. A screenshot of an encounter from the game’s official website shows headshots of Kasuga and friends, along with health bars. This is notable because it’s the first time RGG Studios is deviating from the franchise’s combat mechanics.
Even the popular spinoff, detective game Judgment, uses the same system.
This year, the developer announced that Ichiban Kasuga is taking over as the franchise’s main character after the events of Yakuza 6. While the other games in the series mostly take place in Kamurocho and Sotenbori, Yakuza 7 is set in Yokohama. The presentation has also unveiled that the story spans from the years 2000 to 2019, which is why the game’s website has a button that lets you flip between Kasuga’s old and new looks.
So with all of this, this is new territory for fans. The Yakuza team wanted to try something new and is hoping that fans like what they have done with the game. If not, the studio is open switching back to the old action combat format for future games. You can’t blame them for trying something new with the game.